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2 Virginia attorneys wanted $200m ‘consulting fees’ to drop lawsuits

By Jay Jackson, Taiwan Sun
21 Jun 2020, 03:49 GMT+10

  • Two licensed Virginia attorneys pleaded guilty on Friday to federal extortion charges.
  • The pair admitted their roles in a scheme to extort $200 million from an unnamed multinational chemicals company.
  • Tim Litzenburg, 38, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Daniel Kincheloe, 41, of Glen Allen, Virginia, each pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel C. Hoppe.

RICHMOND, Virginia – Two licensed Virginia attorneys pleaded guilty on Friday to federal extortion charges.

The pair admitted their roles in a scheme to extort an unnamed multinational chemicals company by threatening to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if their demands for a $200 million payment disguised as a purported “consulting agreement” were not met.

Tim Litzenburg, 38, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Daniel Kincheloe, 41, of Glen Allen, Virginia, each pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel C. Hoppe of the Western District of Virginia.

Litzenburg (pictured) made national headlines in 2018 when he took on agrochemical giant Monsanto and won a $298 million order for damages for his client.

Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a groundskeeper for a school district near San Francisco, used a Monsanto weed killer, Roundup, for two years after which he became sick and was diagonosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma A Californian jury in June 2018 found the company guilty of knowing should have known about the potential risks its product posed. and awarded Mr Johnson, who was terminally ill, a sum of $298 million, which included $250 million in punitive damages (in October 2018 San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos reduced the jury’s punitive damages award from $250 million to $39.25 million).

At the time, Litzenburg, who featured on Fox Business, said Monsanto’s struggles were far from over as he already had thousands of other cases with similar allegations against the chemical company lined up, and more phone calls of complaints had been pouring into his office since the verdict.

“The calls are pouring in. Again, we ha

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